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The appearance of fleas in domestic parrots is a rare, but common phenomenon.
That is why it is advisable for the owners of birds to know what to do in case of defeat of their pets by insatiable flea bloodsuckers.
Let's consider in detail the problem of fleas in parrots.
What types of fleas parasitize on parrots? Signs of infection in feathered pets
Most often, domestic parrots (of various breeds) are attacked by the following types of fleas:
- chicken (bird) flea (we talk about how they are fought in the chicken coop in a separate article);
- duck flea;
- flea pigeons.
Individual data do not differ much from their relatives (cat and dog fleas)... They have the same body structure (rounded and slightly flattened on the sides), three pairs of legs, brown color. The size of insects varies from 2 to 6 mm. You can see different types of fleas in the photo and find out how they look here.
Bird parasites have little interest in the occupants and animals present in the house. Unlike other species of the flea family, they settle down mainly in nesting houses of birds and extremely rarely in living quarters.
The reason for this is the mating peculiarity of bird fleas: this process in insects occurs during the nesting periodwhen the bird is in its nest (or in the house). Bloodsuckers breed actively, laying a large number of eggs, of which the young generation appears after 2 weeks. You can find more information on how the different species of fleas reproduce here.
Fleas living on the body of a parrot are less dangerous to humans and pets, but they can also be carriers of infections and worms.
IMPORTANT! If we talk about the harm of parasites for the birds themselves, then fleas can cause them many serious problems, including anemia (anemia) and death.
Fleas can enter the cage of a domestic parrot in several ways:
- come from the street on the clothes or shoes of household members;
- together with food purchased on the market;
- your pet was already infected with fleas before entering the apartment (This usually happens if the birds are not being properly monitored at pet stores).
How do you know if your pet is infected?
Determining the presence of fleas in parrots is quite problematic and there are reasons for this:
- parasites do not leave characteristic marks (red bumps) on the body of birds;
- excessive excitability of birds (an important symptom) is also difficult to notice, because a restless and mischievous character is inherent in them by nature.
You should be alerted if:
- the bird rubs against the cage bars more often than usual;
- loses feathers;
- trying to gnaw down the fluff;
- constantly screaming;
- does not sleep well;
- losing weight.
If there are at least two of the above signs, you should inspect the bird yourself. For this carefully, so as not to damage the wings and neck of the parrot, you should carefully examine feather after feather for fleas.
If your pet, suspecting something unkind in your intentions, is not given in hand, bites violently, scratches, then the bird should not be tormented. Entrust her to the veterinarian... An experienced technician will quickly identify the presence of parasites.
Flea control in parrots
If an accurate diagnosis of a flea is made, the bird must be treated.
Measures should be taken to rid the winged pet of parasites immediately in order to save it from the suffering caused by insatiable bloodsuckers.
For effective treatment, you can use veterinary drugs: “Ivermek"And"Frontline».
IMPORTANT! These medicines are applied only to the skin of parrots! It is strictly forbidden to treat plumage with these preparations! Before use, you should carefully study the instructions for use!
It will help to destroy insects and the remedy "Neostomosan».
This medicine is more harmless to birds. A drug it is bred in warm water and applied to the whole body of the parrot in two ways :
- feathered can be redeemed in solution (avoiding contact with the head and eyes);
- spray the winged pet with a spray bottle.
The calculation of the dose of the drug is made based on the weight and size of the bird.
Handling the bird is only part of the necessary measures to drive off flea parasites. Fleas do not live on a bird's body, they visit him from time to time in search of food.
Sucked in plenty of blood jump off, hiding in their house or cage... It is there that fleas mate, multiply, laying hundreds of eggs, from which a fresh batch of young parasites hatch within a short time.
Therefore, in order to prevent the re-occupation of the feathered pet by evil insects, a thorough pest control of the parrot's habitat should be carried out.
Disinsection of a parrot's cage and inventory
For complete processing of the cell, it must be completely cleaned:
- remove sawdust, feathers, bird excrement from the floor;
- remove the house, drinker and food bowl.
After that the cage is well washed (each twig) with soap and soda solution, then scalded with boiling water and taken out into fresh air (balcony, loggia), where they ventilate for several hours until completely dry. The same manipulations are done with the parrot's house and equipment (drinker, bowl, toys).
Is it possible to avoid all these tedious activities for both the bird and its owner and make sure that fleas never visit the parrot's cage? Of course available!
- hygiene. Constantly, every 3-4 days, change the bedding in the cage, wash the pan with boiling water;
- keep the drinker and food bowl clean;
- if you bought a new bird at a pet store, treat it with an insecticidal agent and quarantine it for a week, only then add it to relatives;
- once a week, place a bath with sand mixed with antiparasitic powder in the parrot's cage, let it bathe for health;
- spread fresh wormwood sprigs in the cage. Fleas do not digest wormwood scent and will bypass your bird far away.
Parrots are especially gentle and defenseless creatures that need careful and proper care. Remember this and take care of your bird!